An MTIP volunteer himself, Bill Baldassin has served as MTIP’s Volunteer Coordinator since 2017. Baldassin is responsible for client intake, case review, and coordination and correspondence with MTIP pro bono attorneys and other volunteers.
Baldassin is both a University of Montana graduate (1969) and a University of Montana School of Law alum (1973). He worked in private practice for the firm he interned with while in law school until he launched his own firm in 1995. In 2004, Baldassin retired from the practice of law; however, he continued to pursue information and education in the area of criminal justice, including taking a class from former MTIP Legal Director Larry Mansch—and the rest is history!
“It’s a terrible thing that our work is needed in the first place,” Baldassin said. “But for as long as it is, we need to do the best we can to free those who’ve been wrongfully convicted and keep it from happening again.”
Baldassin lives in Missoula with his wife and two dogs. Outside of volunteering with MTIP, he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren.